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Riptide Audiobook

Riptide

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Publisher's Summary

A centuries-old, cursed pirate's treasure, valued at over $2 billion, lies deep within the treacherous waters off the coast of Maine. Men who have attempted to unearth the fortune have suffered gruesome deaths. Will a high-tech expedition meet the same fate?

©1999 Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (P)2010 Hachette

What the Critics Say

"Yo ho ho? get ready for a ripping good yarn.... This nonstop action adventure has all the elements of a perfect summertime thriller - pirate treasure of unimaginable worth, 300-year-old cryptograms written in invisible ink, a legendary curse, and a driven captain who will stop at nothing to reach his goal. The red-hot authors of Reliquary score another big winner." (Library Journal)

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    Amazon Customer Groton, MA, United States 09-14-12
    Amazon Customer Groton, MA, United States 09-14-12 Member Since 2015

    johnellenbe

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    "Nice Idea. Not a great book"
    What did you like best about Riptide? What did you like least?

    Well the setting and the concept was interesting, particularly to us New Englanders. There is enough of a plot there to keep you going and although the character development is pretty minimal, at least the main character is somewhat engaging.

    Overall I was very underwhelmed by the book. The plot was obvious and superficial. The characters where very artificial and they were only there to shore-up the weak plot. If you know anything about technology you will find the technical descriptions and dialog to be similar to something you would hear on a television drama: a recitation of buzzwords that make no sense to a technologist.


    If you’ve listened to books by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child before, how does this one compare?

    No and its not likely I will be investigating their other books any time soon.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes. I never cared for him anyway but he is particularly inappropriate for this book. His overly dramatic reading style makes this marginal plot sound even more hokey.


    Was Riptide worth the listening time?

    Hmmm. I listen during my commute so time isn't that big an issue, however if I had paid full price for the thing I might be upset. It was almost worth the $7. Free would have been even better.


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    Janice M. Likens Pollock, LA USA 09-10-12
    Janice M. Likens Pollock, LA USA 09-10-12 Member Since 2012

    Steamboatjannie

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    "an adventorous read..."
    Would you listen to Riptide again? Why?

    i surelyy would listen to this again...it keeps one on the edge of their seat.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the young man who witnessed his brother's death and how he eventually comes to deal with the emotions he experienced.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    good voice...


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    when the discovery of his brother's bones was revealed...


    Any additional comments?

    love love love these authors...they never fail to entertain...

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    Leslie McFarlane 09-07-12 Listener Since 2006
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    "Fun adventure story."
    What did you love best about Riptide?

    The story was fun and action packed. Sometimes I found myself tuning out during some really wordy parts but liked the story overall.


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    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 09-04-12
    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Great"
    Any additional comments?

    This was a great listen. It had suspense, romance, man vs man conflict.. all in a treasure hunt!

    I really liked all of the different personalities evident in this book. Each character was 3-D and had a past that shaped his future. I could identify and believe in the characters. The descriptions of the scenes and drama were vivid as if I were there. I felt I could smell and feel the pit.

    The authors explored the effects of greed and human nature wonderfully. The contrasts between the main character before, during and after were very well done.

    The narrator took the great story and writing, and brought it to life. I was very impressed.

    So many times, we assume that the current intelligence is far superior to those that came before us. We forget that we only build on the true genius of those that came before.

    I also liked the way the authors didn't leave us wondering in a "fake" ending .... "is the treasure there still?" There was a conclusion - not a setup for a sequel!

    I would highly recommend this novel.

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    robert 09-04-12
    robert 09-04-12

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    "It just didn't capture my attention in time"
    Would you try another book from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child and/or Scott Brick?

    I would not be turned off from trying other books from these writers.


    Has Riptide turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?

    yes


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Riptide?

    cut through the intro quicker


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Arlington, TX, United States 09-03-12
    Ken Arlington, TX, United States 09-03-12 Listener Since 2007
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    "Good Listen"
    What did you like best about Riptide? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed the story, not a big treasure hunt fan but this was pretty good,Scott Brick is always good to listen too.it ends just like you think it will, but that aside well worth the credit.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jayne McLaughlin Silver City, NM 09-02-12
    Jayne McLaughlin Silver City, NM 09-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Guessed the ending"
    What did you love best about Riptide?

    Very creative writing with good research behind the ideas


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I guessed it


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love Scott's inflection


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Treasure hunters beware!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    08-29-12
    08-29-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointment"
    What disappointed you about Riptide?

    The story was lame. The reader was terrible. What's left to criticize


    Would you ever listen to anything by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child again?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    Anything would have helped


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    See my title


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald Keokuk, IA, United States 08-14-12
    Ronald Keokuk, IA, United States 08-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Different - original"

    What made this book so good, and most of the authors and narrators are good, was the original idea that they used to make this store. WOW. Once you start listening, you won't quite A+++

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matt ELDRIDGE, IA, US 07-06-12
    Matt ELDRIDGE, IA, US 07-06-12
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    "The book needs to be made into a movie"
    What did you love best about Riptide?

    The unique real world science reason behind a long believed pirates curse


    What other book might you compare Riptide to and why?

    Many Clive Custler books, and movies like "Into the Blue"

    The intrigue of finding hidden pirate treasure, with all the scary boobie traps and danger around every corner.

    There is also a unique story line of the main character having to deal with guilt of his past; a long lost brother taken by the pirates curse


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    The Captain


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Two boys searching for treasure to save their family from financial ruin, but instead, one boy is taken by the pirates curse.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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